Kiir, Machar given more time to negotiate a peace deal

Addis Ababa/New York, March 12, 2015 (SSNA) — The African Union (AU) and the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) have announced that South Sudan’s rivals have been given more time to reach a peaceful solution to the raging civil war in the young nation.

The decision by the international community to give South Sudanese factions more time was made public on Thursday by the Angola’s ambassador to the United Nations, Ismael Abraao Gaspar Martins.

Ismael said sometimes difficult problems require more time, arguing that more time is needed for South Sudan’s rival leaders to come together.

“It takes time to resolve problems which are not simple,” Ismael said in the Addis Ababa.

“It also takes time to bring leaders together and create cohesion” he added.

Ismael, who is also reported to be Co-Chairman of the African Union Security Council (AUSC) meeting, did not say how much time has been given to Machar and Kiir to agree on a deal.

IGAD-mediated Peace talks collapsed early this month in Ethiopia after South Sudan’s warring sides failed to reach an agreement on power sharing, security arrangement, among others.

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